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7 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Started with Steampunk Cosplay

by Matthew on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

 

Whether you’re new to the Steampunk community or are just starting out with cosplay, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Just keep in mind that the artistic, expressive nature of Steampunk allows for a lot of freedom.

The newness of the experience can be incredibly exciting and fun when you decide to embrace it. This post offers some tips and guidance for anyone interested in attending their first Steampunk cosplay.

1) Everyone Was Once a Newbie

Steampunk Cosplay

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While it can be intimidating at first, it’s important to remember that everyone has started from the same place. The cosplay bunch is also an exceptionally accepting community that welcomes creativity and unique expression.

2) Why Should I Cosplay?

Group Cosplay

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Even though you can certainly Steampunk style on your own, attending events will introduce you to new ideas and people. Cosplayers come from a wide range of backgrounds and it is a great way to meet others with common interests. It can also serve as a place for inspiration and growth when it comes to your exploration of Steampunk fashion.

3) There’s No Such Thing as “Too Much” or “Too Little”

Steampunk Heels

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You can be as Steampunk as you want to be. Period.

Anything can be “steam-punked” and it doesn’t have to fall within a limited range of what’s “acceptable.” You can play with Steampunk attire, history, and events in any way that makes sense for you. Steampunk is constantly growing and changing, which makes it easy to embrace both bold and subtle forms of expression.

4) The Details Make the Look

Steampunk Art

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The best way to give your Steampunk look an edge is to use accessories – and there are literally hundreds of ideas to choose from. This can be as small as the buttons that you use on your vest or involve larger props to complete the look you are going for.

And you don’t have to limit yourself to European influences, Steampunk has become a global trend with styles being incorporated from around the world.

5) You Don’t Have to Make Everything from Scratch

Steampunk Influences

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Take advantage of vintage items that can be repurposed, costumes and props to create your Steampunk look. Store-bought items are not a bad thing and are often necessary for those of us that can’t sew to save our lives.

6) Plan Ahead – Seriously

Steampunk Gadget

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By plan ahead, we’re not talking days. Think weeks or months before the event date arrives.

Your original plans may not work out, and it’s common for a costume to evolve during the creation process. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong with your first attempt.

7) Just Have Fun

Steampunk Creativity

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Try not to take things too seriously.

It’s normal to be a little apprehensive about something you’re not experienced in, but stressing over getting it exactly “right,” can suck all the fun out of it. Just relax and give yourself a chance to explore this new opportunity.

Once you’ve taken part in your first Steampunk cosplay, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

 

Have You Made These 7 Embarrassing Costume Mistakes?

by Matthew on Friday, August 19th, 2016

 

Some of our fails have been more legendary than others — but we’ve all done it.

Unless you’re a costume-wearing savant, you’re going to run into mistakes here and there.

But this doesn’t mean you need to make them all yourself.

Learn about potential errors — before you fall into the same trap — and spend more time enjoying the holiday festivities instead.

This list details seven common blunders that you can now avoid. And we won’t judge you if you laugh at the victims of these embarrassing costume mistakes.

1. Forgetting that You’re Human

You may not be dressing up as a human this year, but that doesn’t eliminate your human needs.

Breathing is not optional, people.

If you can’t see, hear, consume water or use the bathroom you’re going to run into issues.

And they won’t be pleasant…

Just check out this poor teenager that had to be rescued by the fire department in order to be freed from a clingy Barney costume.

stuck in barney costume

Don’t be that person.

And if you can’t get your costume off without help then plan on sporting a stadium buddy for the evening.

2. Falling Prey to The Generic Costume

How many people are literally wearing the same costume as you?

This may or may not be embarrassing depending on your personality, but it’s still sad. With all the options to choose from, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be able to stand out when you put on your costume.

Even if you go for one of the classic costumes like a pirate, nurse, or firefighter, you can still create a unique look with accessories and makeup.

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Unless you are dressing up for a synchronized performance, don’t be afraid to get crazy with your costume :)

3. Being Glued to Your Other Half

Some of the best costumes are couple’s costumes, but you don’t want to look ridiculous if you decide to stray from their side for a few minutes.

Take this for example:

Bad Couples Costume

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Not only is it HORRIFYING, this costume is also dependent on having your partner standing right next to you if you want a chance at being recognized.

Although, in this particular instance, they probably wanted it that way…*shudder*

4. The Dreaded Question Mark

Speaking of being recognizable, will people actually know what you dressed up as this year?

If you’re selecting your costume with a specific audience in mind, this may not be an issue for you, but if you’re going for a general appeal then you may want to think twice.

5. Getting Stuck in Your Imagination

This is the year that you finally perfect that costume.

Everything is exactly as it should be, and you look freaking amazing.

There’s just one problem.

costume with poor functionality

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You can’t move your arms, turn your head or squeeze through a doorway.

Your fabulous costume will soon become your final resting place if you can’t figure out how to claw your way out of it.

6. My Skin!!!

Theatrical style makeup can take your costume from mediocre to epic.

If it’s done right.

Keep in mind, that no matter how good your makeup looks, you still have to take care of the skin underneath it.

Bad Costume Makeup

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Take the necessary precautions with your makeup to minimize damage to your skin, eyes and anything else that’s getting slathered in product.

7. Failing to take Advantage of Accessories

Sometimes, it’s the small details that make the costume.

Is Santa Claus really Santa without the fluffy white beard?

Santa without a beard

Are you really doing the Mad Hatter justice without a top hat?

And Catwoman just isn’t the same without her whip…

Have you made any costume mistakes that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section.

 

 

Darth Vader Chokes Comic Con

by Matthew on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Look who showed up at the San Diego Comic Con 2015, ready to cause trouble! LOL, Darth Vader can’t resist using the dark side of The Force. Too funny!

I love how everyone plays along with his Force Choke. And when he meets Little Vader, aww, that’s too cute!

(Source: WIRED)

Harry Potter Song Parody: Dark Lord Funk

by Matthew on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Don’t miss this brilliant Harry Potter parody of Mark Ronson’s mega hit Uptown Funk. Out of all the Harry Potter fan videos I’ve seen, and all the parodies of Uptown Funk — I’d say this one beats them all.

A very talented group of BYU students, with the help of Cosplay Utah, put together this incredible music video called Dark Lord Funk. It was produced by Keith Allen, Marcus Joseph, and Andrew Carver. They did such an amazing job! And the Internet is quite appreciative, apparently, as the video already has millions of views after only a few days.

From the song and lyrics, to the costumes and choreography, everything about this video is perfect. Great job, Everyone!

 

Source: KFaceTV
 

 
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Family of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Matthew on Friday, November 7th, 2014

Check out this awesome family of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! They saved the day last month at the New York Comic Con.

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Dad looks like a hero in the Adult Ninja Turtle Hoodie, and his sons look ready for battle in our kids and toddler versions.

The costume fun doesn’t end after Halloween. Comic cons, parties, and holidays make for costume fun all year long!

 

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